The company I work for is expanding the office into another part of the building. Between the 2 sections, they want some barn doors. I am going to be the one building them.
This is a great project for me. The construction of the doors isn’t beyond my meager skills nor does it require tooling that I do not own although part of the profits are going to purchase a nice thickness planer as well as a few things just to make life easier.
I have to transport quite a bit of spruce lumber back to my house in the GTI which is actually capable of doing so. I can’t fit a 4x8’ sheet of plywood in it unless I cut it to 2x8’, so a bunch of 1x10s and 1x4s should be no problem.
Interestingly, the cross braces will be the hardest part. Because of the width of the door, each panel is not a perfect square, thus to get the corners to line up, the board will have to be cut down a little. This is why I budgeted 25% more wood than it is called for.
And yes, I put this in my invoice
I’m also going to get some walnut, hard maple, and some cherry wood to make a few cutting boards for Christmas gifts this year (and some for us as well). Studying up on what makes a good cutting board, I realized people will spend stupid amounts of money on bespoke cutting boards. I mean… a lot of freaking money. I may have to open an Etsy account.
Finally, for those of you who don’t do the bookface thing, I did this over the weekend
That’s a nightstand for my daughter, made out of scrap birch plywood. It took me about an hour and a half to cut all the pieces and assemble them. I need to veneer the thing & finish it, but construction wise it’s done and very solid.
I also am almost finished with the bench I am working on
The top needs to be secured as do the rails on the sides, then I have to fill in all the pocket holes, cover the plywood edges, sand, & paint. In a few years, I know I’ll look back at my first real project and go “What in the hell was I thinking???” but for now, I’m happy with the results. Plus, I’ve learned a LOT from doing this.
And I’ve not chopped off any fingers in the process.
I call that a win.